In addition to hair boards, forums, various blogs and websites, natural hair books are a valuable resource to have on hand. They cover most of the same information that can be found on the web and come in handy for times when you don’t want to turn on the computer and need to look up something quickly.
So far I have 6 books in my collection. Hair Talk is the oldest, I picked it up many years ago when I wanted to get rid of the perm and be natural but didn’t have the courage to. Its mainly a picture book of really nice braid styles. Used to take it to my braider and have her recreate some of the styles. Now that I think back I paid a pretty penny for those braids but I think they were worth it.
The most recent books I was unable to find at my local bookstore so I ordered them from Amazon and Borders. Each one taught me something different and I have been able to use a few tips that were suggested to make caring for curly coily hair an easier process.
Here is a list of the books I have read listed in the order I got them:
- Hair Talk: Stylish Braids from African Roots by Duyan James
- Curly Girl: The Handbook by Lorraine Massey with Deborah Chiel
- The Black Woman’s Guide to Beautiful Hair: A Positive Approach to Managing Any Hair Type and Style By Lisa Akbari
- Thank God I’m Natural: The Ultimate Guide to Caring for and Maintaining Natural Hair by Chris-Tia Donaldson
- The Knotty Truth: Managing Tightly Coiled Hair At Home DIY Survival Guide by M. Michele George
- Going Natural: How to Fall in Love With Nappy Hair by Mireille Liong-A-Kong
Which is your favorite?